Caring For Vulnerable Children in Bristol – no place to prioritise profit

Community health services for Bristol’s most vulnerable children should not be run by private companies whose main aim is to make a profit – say Labour.

The local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group is considering awarding services for children with physical and mental health conditions to a private provider.

Bristol Should Welcome Syrian Refugees – say Labour

Bristol Should Welcome Syrian Refugees – say Labour

Labour Councillors will challenge Mayor Ferguson to take action on the dreadful plight of Syrian refugees, when the Council meets on September 15th.

Labour Cabinet member for People, Cllr Brenda Massey, has already been talking to the Council’s partners to find what accommodation can be brought forward for families caught up in the current crisis.

Metrobus bidders must deliver cleaner, greener transport - says Labour councillor, Mark Bradshaw


There should be no watering down on the Metrobus contract for Bristol says Bedminster Labour councillor Mark Bradshaw.

As the contract consultation is underway and due to end soon Cllr Bradshaw says that it’s vital that Metrobus operates with 40 plus much greener buses than we have currently, that the minimum frequency should be five buses an hour, that there should be smart card ticketing with substantial reductions for season ticket holders and the council should remain in control of fare prices.

Cuts to Bristol Libraries – Stop the Review and Start Again, say Labour

Bristol’s Labour Group of councillors want to call a halt to the city’s libraries review which they say is rushed, and has failed to include many sections of the community, especially those who aren’t online, and even the library staff.  

But stopping the closures is not enough - they say this is an opportunity to re-design the service to meet the changing demands of library users for the 21st century.  

The Living Wage and Bristol City Council

Statement to Cabinet  -  7th April 2015
We the under-signed wish to express our disappointment at the lack of commitment expressed in the paper on Living Wage accreditation which is before Cabinet. 
Bristol City Council is in a unique position to shape local employment opportunities, but to do so requires leadership.

Labour’s Local Manifesto Endorsed by Labour Front Bencher – Hilary Benn

Bristol’s Labour councillors used the opportunity of a visit to Bristol by Hilary Benn Labour’s Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, to share their vision for our city.

“Having Hilary in the city is always very positive, and it was great to hear his endorsement for our plans, which have been developed by listening and talking with Labour Party members, and local people and organisations in the city.” said Bristol’s Labour Leader, Helen Holland.

A Fair Deal for Tenants in Bristol – says Labour

Labour councillors in Bristol are to demand that the Mayor directs his council officers to focus on improving living standards for the thousands of Bristol people who are in rented accommodation in the city.

“We want to see some positive action right now to improve the human cost of the housing crisis we face in Bristol,” says Cllr Margaret Hickman, Labour, Lawrence Hill.

Statistics show:

-           over 14,000 applicants on the Council’s HomeChoice waiting list,

Cuts to Bristol Libraries – Labour Reaction

“Most people feared that the Mayor’s consultation was a smokescreen for library cuts and closures and that’s the way it looks today. The proposed library closures across Bristol must be seen in the context of the huge cuts in funding suffered by Bristol City Council, through the ideologically driven austerity policies of the current Lib Dem / Tory government. It is ironic that Tory and Lib Dem Councillors here are now shouting to save their local libraries.

Labour’s Priorities are Not the Mayor’s Priorities (post Budget)

Bristol Labour councillors made big gains in the council budget this year winning support for extra spending on:

·         Libraries - £1.2m

·         Hartcliffe Way Recycling centre - £2m

·         Keeping the Diamond Card free bus pass for older people in Community Transport areas.

·         Increases to Council apprentices’ pay up from £2.80 to the Living Wage by stages.

·         Extra funding for Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service - £150,000

Labour's priorities are not the Mayor's priorities

Labour in Bristol have ripped up the Mayor’s proposals for spending extra cash, believing that totally different priorities are needed for some of the city’s most vulnerable, for reshaping libraries and to ensure that the Green Capital Year leaves a lasting legacy.


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